Daddy/daughter dates and tornado warnings pretty much sum up my day today. Semi-productive day overall, with some more motivated than others.
N (age 11):
- Math: N did her mental math exercises and than had an “Investigation.” In Saxon Math Homeschool, after every fifth lesson is an assessment, and after every tenth lesson (and every other assessment) is an investigation. It’s hands-on or real-life applicable, and it doesn’t have any lesson review or worksheets. N’s investigation today was a real-life application of using ratios to make predictions using surveys. She complained a bit about the investigation taking a while to complete, but she was happy once it was over that she didn’t have any independent math work to complete.
- Spelling: N reviewed her words with the vowel digraphs “au” and “aw.”
- Reading: N read another chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
- Bible: N and C learned about Melchizedek’s visit to Abraham, and we discussed the Melchizedek/Jesus connection. They reviewed this week’s memory verse and recited the books of the Bible through Song of Solomon.
- Science: N and C researched and wrote about Charles Richter and Richard Oldham, and their contributions to science. They also researched and wrote about the first known seismometer. Finally, they researched the 2004 tsunami in Banda Aceh and watched some YouTube footage of it.
- Geography: N and C filled in all the countries they know on their Middle East maps. Then, they learned about Kazakhstan. We’ve officially completed the Middle East. I think we’ll move on to the Far East next.
- Spanish: N is taking a break from new lessons for some sorely needed review of previous lessons and vocabulary. She very unwillingly worked on reading, translating, and answering comprehension questions today.
- Music: The usual.
C (age 9):
- Math: C did her mental math and completed a worksheet of addition problems. She reviewed simple subtraction and how to use addition to verify the difference. She also reviewed making “fact families” from three numbers. Finally, she completed a lesson review.
- Spelling: C practiced her words using different spellings of the long “a” sound.
- Writing: C and I discussed the four parts of a simple story. C began to think of a character with a problem for the simple story she will compose next week.
- Reading: C read another chapter of Moby Dick (abridged).
- Bible: Combined class with N.
- Science: Combined class with N.
- Geography: Combined class with N.
- Latin: C reviewed her vocabulary.
- Music: C learned how to write the notation for G7. She practiced transitioning between chords. Transitioning to G7 is a little tricky and caused a bit of frustration, but she’s still plugging away at it. She really enjoys the ukulele, which makes me happy.
S (age 6):
- Math: S and I counted to 100 by 1s and 10s using the hundred-number chart. S pointed out the patterns on the hundred-number chart (i.e. the first column’s numbers all end in 1, the second column’s numbers all end in 2, etc.). This spontaneous pattern recognition came in handy today. The lesson was on number recognition of the numbers 0-20. As I said before, letter and number recognition are hard for S, but she was able to arrange number cards in columns by remembering the hundred-number chart. It was still a bit frustrating for her, but a light bulb definitely went on today.
- Reading: S completed a review of the letter Q from The Measured Mom. We sang the alphabet song together, and she pointed out the letter R to me. I read her a poem about ridiculous raccoons at a picnic. She colored a picture of a letter R with a raccoon stealing a pie. Then, we played a game called “Hop the Syllables.” I would say a multi-syllable word, and she would repeat the word slowly while hopping once for each syllable. She quickly tired of two-syllable words and asked for a bit of a challenge. Finally, we read a chapter of My Side of the Mountain.
- Writing: S practiced writing the letter R on a custom worksheet.